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The USMLE Step 2 CS is a full day assessment exam of clinical skills and interpersonal communication with patients. The exam uses standardized patients who are people trained to portray real patients with a clinical problem.

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The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam assesses your ability in gathering relevant information from the patient, performing physical examination, and communicating your findings to the patient and faculty. Read more


  • One-day exam given in the US which involves - 12 Standardised patient encounters
  • This is a Pass/Fail exam.
  • Step 2 CS scores are reported four-to five-week "Reporting Period"
  • The three areas that examinees are graded on are the Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE), Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS) and Spoken English Proficiency (SEP).
  • Each patient encounter will last for 25 minutes and as per the latest update on the 2CS exam, for students taking the exam on or before July 16th 2017, the patient note will automatically get submitted after 25 minutes and they no longer have to use the 'submit' button on the patient note.
  • As per the latest change, beginning May 21st 2017, the Step 2CS examinees may see a maximum of one case in the exam wherein they have to assist the patient in making a decision with a disease or problem management. This encounter will not include physical examination and the data interpretation section of the patient note does not have to be completed.


  • Becker's USMLE® Step 2 CS Assessment is offered in Chicago, IL at the Chicago Medical Training Center (CMTC) Clinical Skills Center.
  • Becker's USMLE® Step 2 CS Assessment is written by Becker's clinical faculty and the Chicago Medical Training Center (CMTC) to offer you up-to-date exam-like cases. These cases feature patients of varying ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. Students will also experience a telephone encounter or diagnostic imagery just like on the real USMLE® Step 2 CS examination. You will even be rated on the same criteria as the exam including your integrated clinical encounter (ICE), communication and interpersonal skills (CIS), and spoken English proficiency (SEP).
  • Dr. Charles Faselis is the Chief of Staff at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine. He is the new Director of Clinical Skills and Training for Becker, and has been instrumental in the Step 2 CS enhancement.


The Step 2 CS exam can be taken only in the US at the following 5 locations

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Houston, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Orientation to the Step 2 CS Examination and Becker's Step 2 CS Assessment with a Standardized Patient Manager

  • Six clinical cases

    will include complete patient history and possible physical exam with professional standardized patients. This will follow with you offering the patient your initial impressions, possible diagnoses, and next steps in their plan of care.

  • Standardized Patient Manager Interaction

    communication and interpersonal skills feedback sessions, debriefing session with the Standardized Patient Manager and fellow examinees to discuss your experience and impressions of your patients.

  • Performance Feedback Report

    Includes details of students' rating of standardized patients and feedback from Becker clinical faculty on your patient notes.

  • Audio-visual summary review

  • 3-month subscription to Becker's USMLE® Step 2 CS Guide MD which includes:

    9 video clinical encounters with evaluation sessions from the Standardized Patient and the examinee.
    Opportunities to draft patient note for each case.
    Compare the patient note to a patient note provided by Becker faculty.
    8 audio-visual workshop modules focusing on history-taking, physical exam techniques, and
    communications skills.


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